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updated 5/15/2013 5:16:33 PM ET 2013-05-15T21:16:33

It's time to tackle your closet — and this year, there are some compelling reasons to get started now. You’ll save hours of wasted time and, even better, make some cash.

This week, home-furnishings retailer IKEA released the results of a national survey, called "the state of storage and organization in U.S. homes." The news shows the country is in a state of disarray — 43 percent of Americans consider themselves disorganized.

Most people reported spending 55 minutes a day looking for lost items. The average person owns 88 pieces of clothing and only wears 25 percent of them, IKEA said.

You might have been telling yourself that you'll someday wear that dress you bought on sale in an unflattering shade of yellow or that this year, you'll fit into your jeans — the ones that don't stretch. You won’t. To help cushion your disappointment, why not try a consignment app? Your items won't get lost in the black hole of  eBay , and you could make some decent money.

Poshmark, a popular consignment app, revolves around what it calls Posh Parties, virtual get-togethers to buy and sell clothing and accessories.(But remember: Your job is to get rid of things, not add more items to your already-overstuffed closet.)

Here's how to get started:

  • Go through your Poshmark feed to familiarize yourself with the listings. Poshmark looks a lot like  Instagram , with focus on the photos, brief descriptions and the ability to like items.
  • Listing an item is free. Choose the clothes you want to sell; they should all be in good condition. Take up to four photos of each item. Poshmark has photo filters to enhance your pictures, but they can only be used in the cover photo, so the other pictures must show accurate color. Poshmark said photo listings that show you wearing the item sell the fastest. [See also:  Street Photography Lessons: How to Get the Best Shot ]
  • You'll add a brief description, including size and prize. If your item still has its tags, be sure to say so by including “NWT” (new with tags) in the description, which will add it to a special listing for more visibility.
  • You can stop at this point, but consider sharing your items at a Posh Party. Browse Parties to find those that fit the theme of what you'd like to sell. For instance, you might choose "Street Style Party" or a more specific party, such as "Bold Baubles." Once you join the community, you'll receive invitations to parties in your news feed, but you can also join active parties and add items by tapping the Share button in your listings.

Poshmark handles the financial transactions and takes a 20 percent commission. Your earnings are placed in your account and become available once your item is received by the buyer. You can keep the funds in your Poshmark account to use as credits for purchases, or you may set up a direct deposit to your bank account.

The Poshmark app is currently only available for iOS devices, but an Android version is in development.

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